After representing the United States in the 1984 Winter Olympics, Pat LaFontaine jumped straight to the NHL and joined the Islanders in the midst of their quest for a fifth consecutive Stanley Cup.
Johan Hedberg recorded his first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win for the Devils over the Islanders. It was Hedberg’s eighth shutout with New Jersey, breaking a tie with Chris Terreri for the second-most in club history.
Had Joe Sakic and Pavel Bure became Rangers in the their prime, it would have significantly changed the Blueshirts’ fortunes during a dark period.
‘The Great One,’ Wayne Gretzky turns 51 today. During a dark time in Rangers’ history, Gretzky illuminated Madison Square Garden.
What happens when you put three former hockey greats – Pat LaFontaine, Clark Gillies and Bobby Nystrom — in a room together? You are immediately transformed to an era in sports where the heart and the soul of an athlete outweighed the financial rewards of winning.